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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

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1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402 (Casa Ybel)
+1 239-472-1956
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The menu is on the smaller side, but the quality of food is fantastic! The jars of pimento cheese, smoked fish rollers and chow chow were a terrific small plate. The scallops with pork belly were the best meal I ate on the island. There was live music, which was nice. The service was a little slow, but the change... More 

Thank worldbell
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting menu with eclectic taste combinations. Excellent wine list with choices at every price point. Friendly and efficient staff in a pretty setting. Loved the redfish, companion had the fish stew and rated it the best ever. Will definitely be back!

Thank Phillygirl50
Sanibel Island, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we've eaten out every evening and sweet melissa's is the best so far. we started with the beet salad and then had the crispy whole fish-yum. the cheesecake with pistachio nuts topped it off. service was friendly and we will definitely go again. live guitar music was just right.

Thank jczuckerman
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98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Classy place. White tablecloth dining. Innovative menu. Not at all stuffy. Competent service. Weak on veggie options and greens. Not inexpensive. Good special occasion spot. Plan on sixty bucks per person, more or less.

Thank brooktroutchaser
West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were four of us and had made a reservation. Our table was ready when we got there. Appetizers: Salad - was fresh and crisp, Escargots - prepared a little differently. All the ingredients were in a little bowl Vs. escargots in individual small cups, Crab fritter was delicious and the Roasted Oysters were outstanding, almost a meal in itself.... More 

Thank Suresh K
Mission, Kansas
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every year, we add one new Sanibel Restaurant to our itinerary. Sweet Melissa's Cafe has been on our radar for some time now, and we were finally able to enjoy lunch there this past December. The overall feel of the place is a bit stuffy for our tastes. We had just come from a tram tour at Ding Darling, wearing... More 

4 Thank karinwithani
Annapolis, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding in every way - food was outstanding and service equal - great atmosphere - very warm! Bon appetit

Thank hrbaker2014
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a very nice and quiet dinner while visiting the island. The food and service was prompt and polite. The server was helpful in finding meals we would enjoy. A very nice place to have a meal. If you prefer outdoor seating I would plan ahead and make reservations.

1 Thank TAEinOhio
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family was on vacation therefore we were dressed down, shorts and a t-shirt. Our every day life is suites and ties. We were clean, hair in place but when we walked in requesting to be seated, the lady looked at us as though we were homeless and said there were no tables available (we noticed there were only six... More 

7 Thank Sheila s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most amazing food and service experience my wife and I have ever had! The small plate options gave us a chance to try many different things! Must try for all types of food lovers!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
    (Casa Ybel)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-1956

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Germantown, Maryland
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?